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8:15 PM ET, February 8, 2009


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John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Next Victim Of Creative Destruction?  (GOOG)  —  The web has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to evolve and leave embedded franchises struggling or in the dirt.  Prodigy, AOL were early candidates.  Today Yahoo and Ebay are struggling, and I think Google is tipping down the same path.
Discussion:, Thanks:atul
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Time to Hang Up the Pajamas  —  I learned the hard way: while blogs can do many wonderful things, making huge amounts of money isn't one of them.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 16, 2009  —  For two years I was obsessed with trying to turn a blog into a business.
Official Google Australia Blog:
Mapping the Victorian fires  —  By now, you're undoubtedly aware of the terrible bushfire tragedy that is unfolding in Victoria.  —  We've today pulled together a Flash Map, containing the latest up-to-date information about fire locations and their status from the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Discussion:, Mashable!, Vacuum and Google Maps Mania, Thanks:atul
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
Data portability allows mashup for Australian bush fire crisis
Discussion: Google LatLong, Thanks:rosshill
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kaspersky breach exposes sensitive database, says hacker  —  SQL injection said to strike deep  —  A security lapse at Kaspersky has exposed a wealth of proprietary information about the anti-virus provider's products and customers, according to a blogger, who posted screen shots and other details …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lunarr's Elements is a Twitter-like image-sharing tool to stoke the imagination  —  The downstream influence of social messaging service Twitter, which lets you message friends or hangers-on about what you're doing or thinking at any given moment, is beginning to result in some interesting applications.
Discussion: Mashable!
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT API: Newspaper as Platform  —  There's been a lot of chatter about the newspaper industry in recent weeks — about whether newspaper companies should find something like iTunes, or use micropayments as a way to charge people for the news, or sue Google, or all of the above …
Shane O'Neill / Computerworld UK:
Ballmer: Stay on Windows XP and you will face a backlash  —  Migrate fast to Vista or Windows 7 urges Microsoft CEO  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organisations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don't move off the XP operating system.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Windows XP's Days are Really Numbered Now
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle 2.0: What to look for  —  With expected to roll out the next-generation version of its Kindle electronic book reader at a New York press event Monday morning, here's a quick primer on what to look for in the new Kindle's design, features, price point, and supply issues.  —  FEATURES.
Discussion: Forbes and PC World
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Planes grounded by ‘Microsoft virus’  —  I am not sure whom the French military is attacking these days.  (I am told that relations with British tourists are much improved.)  —  But this morning I happened upon peculiar information while accidentally scanning the French paper Liberation.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
BlackBerry Storm price drops to $99 on Amazon - no rebate required  —  I just noticed that the touch screen BlackBerry Storm has dropped to $99 on Amazon with no rebate required.  Previously the price had been $249.99 with a $100 rebate bringing the net to $149.99.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TotalMusic Is Dead  —  Earlier today we detailed the chaotic history and recent trouble at TotalMusic, an experimental music initiative created by Sony BMG and Universal Music Group designed to rethink the way music was streamed on the web.  After a round of layoffs and the shutdown of Ruckus …
Discussion: muSick in the Head, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Richard Watersin San Francisco / Financial Times:
Sales of PCs to fall for first time in eight years  —  Problems in the personal computer business have increased the likelihood that 2009 will bring the first decline in PC sales since 2001, according to industry analysts.  —  Evidence has been accumulating since the start of the year …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why Television Still Shines in a World of Screens  —  SUBSCRIBERS to print newspapers have gone missing, as everyone knows.  Book publishers are also wondering where readers have disappeared to.  —  And yet television stands out as the one old-media business with surprising resilience.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana and i-boy
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